Tiny landing strip for tiny spaces

The landing strip is an important area for one to have upon entry into one’s home. A traditional landing strip may be difficult to accommodate in smaller spaces. A wall mounted option might be a necessary alternative, like the one pictured here from Tiny Living. It has room for keys, mail, cellphone, and wallet.

This solution can serve as a landing strip in any home, but is especially useful for people in smaller spaces. Now tiny apartment dwellers don’t have to sacrifice floor space for a landing strip table.

(via Apartment Therapy)

16 Comments for “Tiny landing strip for tiny spaces”

  1. posted by Pete on

    Nah, not for me. I don’t know what I would do with all the extra time if I actually knew where my keys, cellphone, and wallet were everytime I was trying to leave the house 🙂


  2. posted by bostonewe on

    I’ve had great success with a magnetic bar from Ikea (seen here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/cata.....s/00116901), which I attached to the wall right next to my front door. I hung a few hooks and put a few magnets on it and I can hang keys on the hooks or mail with a magnet. This is a great idea though.

  3. posted by Tina Mammoser on

    As long as you’re careful that it can’t be reached (including with a long extension) by burglars. Keeping keys and wallet near the door is one of the top things they look for through the mail slot. Many have extending ‘arms’ to get in and grab things, further away from the door than you might think.

    Convenient is good, but stay safe.

  4. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    I keep my landing strip in the office. This way I’m forced to throw out the mail I don’t need and file what I do.

    However, we do have a coat hook on the wall where we hang our keys…not that it’s always used though. My forgetful hubby likes to play find-the-car-keys on most mornings. And if he reads the comment above, I’ll never get him to put them near the door, and maybe I shouldn’t. Darn.

  5. posted by Cyrano on

    My wife got me something called “Harry” as a gift (http://www.thinkgeek.com/inter.....er50/8b4e/). We use it our landing strip and shove everything in it. It looks a little weird at first because all the tines are straight. Once it gets tangly it looks kind of cool.

  6. posted by infmom on

    The landing strip seems like a good idea, but according to the show “It Takes a Thief” it’s a prize target for anyone who breaks into your house.

    It’s not as convenient to walk a few more steps and put your stuff away out of sight, but it might well save you a lot of time and anguish sometime in the future.

    Our “landing strip” for items of value, car keys, etc is a wicker basket on a shelf in the tiny hall closet we use to store various office supplies.

    Books to go back to the library sit on a corner of the desk in the parlor, items to go to the post office are clipped to the office doorknob in a binder clip hanging from a rubber band, and we have a hat rack on the wall near the front door.

    I sort the mail by the front door, drop the mailbox mulch into the recycling wastebasket that’s right there, and deliver whatever is left to its recipient.

    It took a while to develop the system and people still occasionally drop stuff by the entryway, but for the most part things go to their proper places.

  7. posted by Olga on

    One problem I have as an apartment dweller is inability to attach too many things to my walls. So as nice as the wall-mounted landing strip may seem, I personally would have trouble justifying putting yet more holes in my walls that I’d have to deal with upon move-out. Apartments around here have metal doors, so I have a magnetic hook on mine from which I hang the keys. The phone goes in the bedroom to charge and act as alarm clock in the morning. Wallet doesn’t really have a permanent home yet, I’m still working on that.

  8. posted by Aaron on

    I’ve always been a little perplexed by the landing strip practice. Is it a crime somewhere to keep your wallet, keys, and phone on your person until you’re ready for bed?

  9. posted by Bill on

    My Moleskine, wallet, cell phone and iPod stack neatly (and are all curiously the same color) and generally get stuck on the kitchen counter. Keys get dropped wherever, but ideally in a little cubby-hole by the back door.

    Mail? Mail gets distributed evenly over the living room floor, coffee table, kitchen table, staircase, couch… Yeah. I need to work on that.

  10. posted by The Green Routine on

    Love it. I currently use my kitchen counter as a landing strip, or my desk in my office. I’m constantly fighting to clean the kitchen up when I need to actually cook something. Most of the landing strips I’ve seen at the store are oversized hunks of wood. This would fit my lifestyle nicely…

  11. posted by C on

    I don’t understand why commenters are worried about theft. If someone breaks into your house, they’re going to look for your stuff whether or not it’s in plain sight.

  12. posted by Jason on

    I have also been scarred by “It Takes a Thief” It seems like the last kick-em-while-they’re-down move the thief makes in every episode is to steal the keys so they can come back for more. And your wallet and phone too? It seems like leaving all of this stuff right by the front door all in the same place is just like setting up a tidy little care package for a would-be thief to just hijack your life. My personal solution to the problem was to put some hooks on the *inside* of a closet that is very close to the front door. I can definitely appreciate the need for a “landing strip” but I’d like to see more solutions from Unclutterer that also focus on security.

  13. posted by Sarah on

    This is a great idea for those with tiny tots, as well. Our former landing strip is within reach of little hands. As a dear friend of mine says about having toddlers, “After a while, you start to run out of ‘up’.”

  14. posted by Jhen on

    @Aaron – Ease up. A crime? Ouch. Uncalled for. Also – though it may work very well for you to have your keys, phone and wallet on your belt or in your pockets until you get ready to go to bed, most of us enjoy being able to put aside the constraints of the day. I just can’t imagine having to wear all that all night, when at home. To each his own, and if that works for you, it’s certainly not a….crime?

  15. posted by Madge on

    Wait.. if you’re gone and a thief breaks in wouldn’t your keys and wallet be out of the house with you?

    Just seems strange to me to worry about a landing strip for that reason. Seriously, you have to deal with mail, keys, wallet, coat every day — how often is someone going to break into your house? Anybody have statistics?

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